Tile Flooring Can Be Better Than Wood

 Wood or Tile Flooring-Can You Spot the Difference In These Photos?

There is no wood flooring in any of these photos! Let me tell you why you might consider “wood-look” tile, which has become one of the most popular flooring options in the last year. It just might be a better choice because of durability-scratches, scrapes, gouges, nicks, dings-these are a less likely to occur with either ceramic or porcelain wood look tile instead of actual wood because it can be softer. Unlike wood, tile doesn’t take on moisture; there’s no warping, cracking, expanding or staining AND you can use it in places like the bath or kitchen, mudroom or even outside! Tile stands up very well outdoors, taking on the natural elements with ease. The maintenance on an indoor tile floor is far less than wood, with the use of minimal grout joint sizes, or even no grout styles decreasing it even more. Mopping with plain water on a regular weekly occasion with a deeper clean monthly with soap is all that’s required to keep your tile floor clean and shining. There are lots of available sizes, widths and lengths of plank style tile with every possible color, texture and finish imaginable. Think Rustic, Distressed, Weathered, Cherry, Oak, Pine, etc. Because wood look ceramic or porcelain tile is made from fired clay, it beautifully mimics the grain and finish of wood. Tile is also an excellent heat conductor, a perfect floor if you’re considering radiant floor based heating. Tile also cools off quickly, potentially utilizing your air conditioning and keeping your house cooler in the warmer weather. Unlike wood, ceramic and porcelain flooring really holds up to kids, pets and any kind of high traffic. Slip and abrasion resistance varies among manufacturers and will be another consideration in your flooring choice.  Consider the difference flooring can make to the overall “look” of a room-a new kitchen can have a lovely “aged” look by using weathered, hand scraped tiles-white cabinets can be beautifully offset by a warmer weathered floor. Painted cabinets look great with wood-look tiles because they add a contrasting and organic feel to the room. A bathroom with a white tub and/or walls can resonate warmth and an inviting feel with the use of these water resistant wood look tiles. We can design your perfect floor, utilizing the combination of colors, textures and finishes that will bring your living space to beautiful life! Tile floor installation is in of itself a skilled and very precise craft with wood look tile planking even more difficult. Here at Resco Group Inc., we have a crew with years of experience to lay down your perfect floor.

 

 

 

Sustainability in the Bath

Sustainability and water conservation have been in the forefront of the news, educating us to these important concerns. The bath space consumes the most water in the home. Did you know the toilet alone accounts for nearly thirty percent of indoor water consumption? The toilet then is one of greatest opportunities to decrease water consumption in the home.  Low flow toilets and manufacturers focusing on greener ways to save water is seen in many toilet brands.  With the right high efficiency fixtures and fittings, saving water becomes second nature.  There is no sacrificing form for function here-modern designs look sleek and fashionable while conserving water. Another water conservation area is the shower-the “rain” shower heads use only two gallons per minute and are forward thinking in both style and design. These shower heads mimic rainfall in every aspect-imagine coming home to stand beneath gentle raindrops washing away the worries of the day! Designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape the individual raindrops, the nozzle geometrically produces drops that build in speed and strength until the shower not only looks and feels like a summer rainstorm, it sounds that way, too! The center zone of the shower head is rain-free while the remaining area provides full coverage-an idyllic setting where you breathe easy while being immersed in a calming summer rain. Ready to rinse off soap and shampoo? Touch a button for a drenching cloudburst of water that’s positively exhilarating-you can even pair these showers with steam and sound!  Bath manufacturers are clearly using innovation to save water and reuse water in other parts of your home when applicable. Contact us at (623) 255-4489 for all your bath remodeling needs. We will sit down with you and assist in the design of your new bathroom and discuss the various options in taking advantage of the high efficiency fittings that will look beautiful while remaining environmentally conscious.

Resco Group Inc.